10 Best TV Shows Like Hulu's Reboot – Screen Rant

Fans of Hulu’s Reboot will love these family sitcoms, workplace comedies, and meta mockumentaries that mirror Steven Levitan’s latest show.
After eleven seasons of Modern Family, the series creator of Reboot, Steven Levitan told Screen Rant, "Frankly, I really wanted the freedom just to be able to do whatever I wanted," which is why he chose to make his new sitcom for Hulu, instead of network television. The series centers on the revival of a fictional sitcom called, Step Right Up, and authentically shows how television has evolved from primetime to streaming, and how the cast and crew can make or break the success of a television show.
The talented cast of Keegan Michael Key, Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville, Calum Worthy, Paul Reiser, and Rachel Bloom have each approached the world of comedy from different angles, not unlike their characters. From multi-camera sitcoms to single-camera mockumentaries, and scripted series about rekindling nostalgia, there are several shows like Reboot that fans can binge while they wait for new episodes to be released on Hulu.
One of Levitan's most memorable sitcoms, Just Shoot Me! is a workplace comedy with an incredible ensemble cast and an honest and biting sense of humor. The staff gets into spicy debates inspired by the advice featured in their women's fashion magazine, Blush.
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Reboot and Just Shoot Me! both demonstrate behind the scenes in their respective industries while joking about how their team makes it. Through generational disagreements in the writer's room, or flippant comments about fashion magazines manipulating impressionable readers, both sitcoms highlight hypocrisy, without losing the humor, and heart.
TV dramas like The Fosters and This Is Us are centered on blended families, but the concept wasn't always as common in sitcoms. Modern Family's best relationships involved relatable arguments and misunderstandings, as well as a sincere depiction of interracial, intergenerational, and LGBTQ+ couples.
By providing a fresh perspective, rooted in honesty, Modern Family and Reboot reflect an authenticity that other sitcoms lack. However, the Pritchett's, Dunphy's, Tucker's, and Delgado's are bound by their family obligations, while the cast and crew of Step Right Up are choosing to reconcile because of their lackluster careers, and their decision to stick together could change at any moment.
James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti became friends on One Tree Hill and reunited to create Everyone Is Doing Great, a scripted Hulu series funded by their fans, which provides an insider's take on life between acting gigs. Jeremy (Lafferty) struggles to find the motivation to audition or leave the house, while Seth (Coletti) overcorrects by rehearsing his lines too much, and going to great lengths to land a role.
Art imitates life, since their characters had previously worked on a popular teen drama together, and find it hard to escape the shadow of their idolized roles, five years after their show was canceled. Like Jeremy and Seth, the main cast of Step Right Up, the canceled sitcom within Reboot, have all experienced challenges in their post-show acting career.
Tina Fey brought her boundless energy to Saturday Night Live for nine seasons, so it's not surprising that she would channel her personal knowledge into a sitcom about making a live sketch comedy show, called, The Girlie Show, a.k.a. TGS. Fey's character, Liz Lemon produces the show in the same building as SNL, at 30 Rock.
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The actors on The Girlie Show and Step Right Up face personal conflicts and struggle to set aside their egos. Issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia are often brought up in both of the fictional writers' rooms but while Hannah (Bloom) tries to bring awareness and sensitivity in Reboot, Liz Lemon (Fey) leans into the jokes and doesn't try to resolve the situations in 30 Rock.
In Showtime's Episodes, a married couple and writing team, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) decide they want to remake their popular British sitcom, Lyman's Boys for an American audience. Much to their dismay, Matt LeBlanc is chosen for the lead, who is often conflated with his Friends character, absent-minded ladies' man, Joey Tribbiani.
In a similar vein to Reboot, Episodes takes the meta concept to another level, by casting Matt LeBlanc as a satirical version of himself who antagonizes his showrunners, and acts as Coach Lyman on their fictional sitcom called Pucks! Although the cast of Step Right Up doesn't seem as contentious as Matt LeBlanc (the character) yet, it's only a matter of time before they also clash with the writers of their sitcom.
Another Friends alum, Lisa Kudrow parodied her time out of the spotlight with the HBO series, The Comeback. In this comedy, Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star who auditions for a new show called, Room and Bored. If she gets the part, she will also be green-lit for the companion reality series, which follows her return to television.
Reboot pokes fun at the popularity of reality television, while The Comeback implies the genre has already lost its appeal. On their respective shows, Bree (Greer) and Valerie (Kudrow) are judged by their on-screen hair, makeup, and wardrobe teams, who reinforce the sexist double standards for aging in Hollywood, and fuel the actresses' insecurity around their younger female co-stars.
After the tragic loss of Luke Perry, the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 reunited for a complex scripted series, called BH90210, which featured the actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves, while they worked as a team to reboot their 90s teen drama. Although the first episode had a large audience, fans felt duped, because they thought they were getting a straight-up revival, per Good Housekeeping.
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While Reboot provides a similar concept, the key difference is that the show they are recreating within the show, Step Right Up, was never a sitcom in real life, so viewers can't be disappointed if the reboot is different from the original, and the actors have the freedom to subvert expectations, without the fear of receiving similar backlash to BH90210.
When Roseanne was revived in 2018, fans were thrilled to see the comedienne leading the family sitcom once again. But Roseanne Barr's racist tweets led to the swift cancelation of the wildly popular reboot before the franchise received a second chance without Barr, as The Conners, which recently debuted its fifth season.
This series of events inspired Steven Levitan to create Reboot, highlighting the need to not just relive the past for nostalgia's sake, but to reimagine how beloved sitcom characters would alter their outlook now, and change their behavior for better or worse. Reboot shows how far comedy writing has come, and how some things remain universally funny.
Tim Allen continued his reign as one of the funniest sitcom dads on Last Man Standing, as the gruff but lovable Mike Baxter, who tries to advise his three daughters, but often ends up giving his strongest opinions to the viewers of his vlog. This series shares many parallels with Allen's former sitcom, Home Improvement, and the show-within-a-show, Tool Time.
It's not uncommon for sitcoms to share the same set, especially when it takes place in a suburban family home. Last Man Standing ended in 2021 after nine seasons, and Reboot took over the old Baxter house for Step Right Up, hardly changing a thing, according to Krista Marie Yu, who has worked on both sitcoms.
Step By Step was a 90s version of The Brady Bunch, with Carol (Suzanne Somers) and Frank (Patrick Duffy) each bringing three kids into one household after they tied the knot. In addition to their immediate family, the show also featured their cousin Cody, and eventually Frank and Carol's biological daughter Lilly.
There's a chance that Step Right Up is inspired by an amalgam of 90s sitcoms, but the blended family premise and similar title make it seem like a parody of the T.G.I.F. series. While Step By Step often featured sibling rivalries, Step Right Up focused on three adults trying to raise one kid, which is a more relatable family dynamic.
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Amanda Abel is a List Writer for Screen Rant based in South Jersey, with an eclectic love of teen dramas, reality shows, murder mysteries, and everything in-between. Amanda graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Advertising and spent over 10 years honing her skills in social media management, copywriting, and customer service. On the off chance she’s not watching TV, she can be found playing trivia at her local bar or getting cold brew coffee at Wawa. She was a dedicated staff member of the literary magazines in high school and college, with many of her poems and photos published. She has enjoyed meeting the original casts of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Spring Awakening, and Glee, as well as Bradley James from Merlin, and Bethenny Frankel. As part of a Gilmore Girls fan group, Amanda has chatted with several cast members over Zoom, and she has participated in virtual events for Boy Meets World, Halloweentown, and Hocus Pocus. While she still has a soft spot for clever commercials, she is happy to be getting back to her creative roots, writing about her one true love… television.


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